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    Act 3. Scene VII

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    SCENE VII. Near Actium. MARK ANTONY's camp.

    Enter CLEOPATRA and DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    CLEOPATRA
    I will be even with thee, doubt it not.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    But why, why, why?

    CLEOPATRA
    Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars,
    And say'st it is not fit.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    Well, is it, is it?

    CLEOPATRA
    If not denounced against us, why should not we
    Be there in person?

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    [Aside] Well, I could reply:
    If we should serve with horse and mares together,
    The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear
    A soldier and his horse.

    CLEOPATRA
    What is't you say?

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    Your presence needs must puzzle Antony;
    Take from his heart, take from his brain,
    from's time,
    What should not then be spared. He is already
    Traduced for levity; and 'tis said in Rome
    That Photinus an eunuch and your maids
    Manage this war.

    CLEOPATRA
    Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
    That speak against us! A charge we bear i' the war,
    And, as the president of my kingdom, will
    Appear there for a man. Speak not against it:
    I will not stay behind.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    Nay, I have done.
    Here comes the emperor.

    Enter MARK ANTONY and CANIDIUS

    MARK ANTONY
    Is it not strange, Canidius,
    That from Tarentum and Brundusium
    He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea,
    And take in Toryne? You have heard on't, sweet?

    CLEOPATRA
    Celerity is never more admired
    Than by the negligent.

    MARK ANTONY
    A good rebuke,
    Which might have well becomed the best of men,
    To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we
    Will fight with him by sea.

    CLEOPATRA
    By sea! what else?

    CANIDIUS
    Why will my lord do so?

    MARK ANTONY
    For that he dares us to't.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    So hath my lord dared him to single fight.

    CANIDIUS
    Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia.
    Where Caesar fought with Pompey: but these offers,
    Which serve not for his vantage, be shakes off;
    And so should you.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    Your ships are not well mann'd;
    Your mariners are muleters, reapers, people
    Ingross'd by swift impress; in Caesar's fleet
    Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought:
    Their ships are yare; yours, heavy: no disgrace
    Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
    Being prepared for land.

    MARK ANTONY
    By sea, by sea.

    DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
    Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
    The absolute soldiership you have by land;
    Distract your army, which doth most consist
    Of war-mark'd footmen; leave unexecuted
    Your own renowned knowledge; quite forego
    The way which promises assurance; and
    Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
    From firm security.

    MARK ANTONY
    I'll fight at sea.

    CLEOPATRA
    I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.

    MARK ANTONY
    Our overplus of shipping will we burn;
    And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of Actium
    Beat the approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
    We then can do't at land.

    Enter a Messenger

    Thy business?

    Messenger
    The news is true, my lord; he is descried;
    Caesar has taken Toryne.

    MARK ANTONY
    Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible;
    Strange that power should be. Canidius,
    Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
    And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship:
    Away, my Thetis!

    Enter a Soldier

    How now, worthy soldier?

    Soldier
    O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;
    Trust not to rotten planks: do you misdoubt
    This sword and these my wounds? Let the Egyptians
    And the Phoenicians go a-ducking; we
    Have used to conquer, standing on the earth,
    And fighting foot to foot.

    MARK ANTONY
    Well, well: away!

    Exeunt MARK ANTONY, QUEEN CLEOPATRA, and DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS

    Soldier
    By Hercules, I think I am i' the right.

    CANIDIUS
    Soldier, thou art: but his whole action grows
    Not in the power on't: so our leader's led,
    And we are women's men.

    Soldier
    You keep by land
    The legions and the horse whole, do you not?

    CANIDIUS
    Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
    Publicola, and Caelius, are for sea:
    But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar's
    Carries beyond belief.

    Soldier
    While he was yet in Rome,
    His power went out in such distractions as
    Beguiled all spies.

    CANIDIUS
    Who's his lieutenant, hear you?

    Soldier
    They say, one Taurus.

    CANIDIUS
    Well I know the man.

    Enter a Messenger

    Messenger
    The emperor calls Canidius.

    CANIDIUS
    With news the time's with labour, and throes forth,
    Each minute, some.

    Exeunt
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